NEW displays got Guisborough museum off to a good start as it reopened this week.

Better access and extra information are other new features for the museum's 13th summer season. The displays have been re-arranged and there new display cases.

New displays include one on the Buckworth family of Guisborough whose horses and carriages have been a feature of the town since the 1880s. Included is the top hat and bell belonging to "Sonny" Buckworth, Guisborough's last town crier.

An addition to the display of agricultural artefacts is a selection of letters written in the early 1800s by a farmer from Aisdalegate at the bottom of Birk Brow. These describe vividly just how difficult it was to manage when times were hard.

The household machinery group has been extended, showing the latest in appliances for housewives in the early part of the last century.

The museum is open from 10am to 4pm, Thursday and Saturday. Admission is free